Braves host prospects for rookie development week – updated with roster

The Braves have invited 26 of their top prospects for a new week-long rookie development camp starting Tuesday and going through Saturday at Turner Field.

They will work out each morning on the field with both Braves major and minor league coaches who live in the area, but the primary focus will be on their off-the-field development.

“It’s really just to get them exposed to the environment here and the place that hopefully they’re going to be in the next few years,” Braves director of player development Kurt Kemp said. “(It’s about) getting them in the stadium and in the clubhouse and around the community, around the staff, an enrichment program to hopefully aid in the process of them developing into major league players.”

Among those invited to attend are top pitching prospects Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado, Arodys Vizcaino and position players like Matt Lipka, Tyler Pastornicky and Edward Salcedo.

The Braves plan to hold this event every year going forward. Kemp said it’s modeled after what Major League Baseball does with its Rookie Career Development program each winter when four players from each team are invited to Leesburg, Va. to attend a workshop about working with the media, handling finances, security, etc. Among the Braves who just attended that last week are Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman, Mike Minor and Teheran.

The Braves have invited speakers to meet with the prospects every afternoon. Among them will be a public relations specialist, new sports psychologist hired by the Braves, Geoff Miller, and some of the Braves major league players. Tim Hudson, Brian McCann and Jason Heyward are scheduled to speak to the prospects on Thursday and Chipper Jones on Saturday.

As a group, they’ll make two community appearances, visit the Martin Luther King Center on Thursday and also attend the Georgia Tech basketball game Wednesday, the Hawks game on Friday and Thrashers game on Saturday.

The 26 prospects invited to the Braves “Rookie Development Week”:

Pitchers

RH Juan Abreu

RH Paul Clemens

RH Erik Cordier

LH Dimasther Delgado

RH Randall Delgado

RH Dave Filak

RH Cory Gearrin

RH J.J. Hoover

LH Brett Oberholtzer

LH Carlos Perez

RH Julio Teheran

RH Arodyz Vizcaino

Catchers

C Christian Bethancourt

Infielders

2B Phil Gosselin

3B Joe Leonard

SS Matt Lipka

SS Tyler Pastornicky

SS Edward Salcedo

SS Andrelton Simmons

Outfielders

OF Todd Cunningham

OF Kurt Fleming

RF Robert Hefflinger

CF Mycal Jones

LF Adam Milligan

CF Kyle Rose

OF David Rohm

52 comments Add your comment

Casey Strikes Out

January 14th, 2011
3:59 pm

Mitchie-san

January 14th, 2011
4:14 pm

Carroll, was this Fredi’s idea?

Asheville Dawg

January 14th, 2011
4:35 pm

You gotta develop the kids into role models by maturing them before they hit the majors. I hope Tim Hudson talks with them.

bruce

January 14th, 2011
4:41 pm

this is fabulous, smart and encouraging. Giving these guys whatever they need to be more successful more quickly is great. And the taste of sugar has to be sweet too.

bruce

January 14th, 2011
4:42 pm

also great opportunity for more personal interviews/stories by Carroll and Dave too I hope.

Chop Chop

January 14th, 2011
4:54 pm

This means we will win World Series forever. Why? No Bobby Cox! I can’t wait.

Kentavo

January 14th, 2011
5:04 pm

Hudson’s going to give them a lesson on cussing out the paper’s best beat writer and blaming the media for failure to sign a washed up Jr.?

Montana

January 14th, 2011
5:32 pm

I would like to know what the community appearances will be.

Chris

January 14th, 2011
5:51 pm

Let’s hope Turner Field has thawed out by then so the kids can give it a go.

Poorbrave

January 14th, 2011
5:59 pm

This is great for players and everyone. Great PR. Will Young and Constanza be in that group?
Looking forward to new manager and new hitting coach plus a few new players. Got to be a great new year in Atlanta….Go Braves!

justin1

January 14th, 2011
6:08 pm

I wonder if theyll open it up so fans can see these guys.

kral

January 14th, 2011
6:42 pm

Russ

January 14th, 2011
7:41 pm

While I enjoy reading you articles I see no point in your continued comments about the weather and our inability to deal with it. We don’t see this often and don’t have the equipment or experience that you folks had up north so please keep it to yourself. Remember you live here now so try to acclimate as best you can. We really have a pretty good way of life in spite of what they taught you in school.
Thank you for your time
Russ

Mark (another one)

January 14th, 2011
8:15 pm

I didn’t see a DOB comment about the weather. This sounds like a great program, similar to one the Falcons ran a few years ago under White Shoes. If you want your future stars to represent themselves well, provide guidance.

mudcat

January 14th, 2011
8:25 pm

2 1/2 more months. Sigh.

Skeezix

January 14th, 2011
9:15 pm

Is it April yet?

Skeezix

January 14th, 2011
9:21 pm

Dave: I’m up here in NC in all this snow and ice and your down there in Orlando. Not fair!! When I retire I look forward to attending Spring baseball in Fla.

MIBravesFan

January 14th, 2011
9:39 pm

What a good idea! I hope they won’t need ice skates to get there (for the sake of everyone in Atlanta!) Ice is the nastiest element of winter.

TNBravesFan

January 14th, 2011
9:46 pm

Russ you havin a bad day or somethin??

This sounds like a great idea. Hopefully more organizations will start doing this as well.

NCbravesfan

January 15th, 2011
4:49 am

Awesome news. CR do you have any good news on Nate McLouth so far this offseason? If so, please share, I feel if we want to be successful this season him or Schafer must be a vital part of our lineup. We didnt have any power from left or center last year and we gotta change that up. Any other information on some off season work outs? Will Freeman be starting at first on opening day? Im ready for the daily blogs to start rolling around again.
Thanks.
Go Braves! Spring training is right around the corner……

DaveInDallas(NC)

January 15th, 2011
6:18 am

I would love to see this if it were ever open to the public. I would love to see all of the top prospects in one place working out. That’s a great idea.

gcs

January 15th, 2011
11:04 am

I like it!

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ole braves

January 15th, 2011
11:06 am

remembering george stone………………

K.C. Frenchy

January 15th, 2011
1:27 pm

Just saw Andruw Jones at McDs, dont let him in the building!!!! LOl Go BRavos Ugga Ugga

Bob the Blogger

January 15th, 2011
6:10 pm

Even through Terehan has only 40 innings in AA, he was one of four players sent to MLB’s development program. The other three are major league players. Sounds like the Braves think Terehan may make his ML debut in the not too distant future.

Mike in Canton

January 15th, 2011
6:52 pm

I can’t wait for some baseball…. of course the coming of April also means I ship out for Basic Training and I’ll be leaving the family behind for several months as well. Can’t win ‘em all I suppose.

is it baseball season yet?

January 15th, 2011
11:17 pm

Well football is over in atlanta and tech really sucks, uga sucks and the falcons just got blown out of there own building. Braves please save us in this bad sports year.WELL AT LEAST I’M NOT A TECH FAN!

Michael

January 16th, 2011
1:53 am

the Bravos shall be fine this year!!!

bravesfannnn

January 16th, 2011
4:18 am

I WAIT FOR 2011 SEASON …BRAVES LOOK GREAT WITH UGGLA’S ADDITION

1- PRADO LF
2- GONZALEZ SS
3- JONES 3B
4- UGGLA 2B
5- MCCAAN C
6- HEYWARD RF
7- FREEMAN 1B
8- MCLOUTH CF
9- PITCHER

BENCH

C- ROSS
IF- DIORY
IF- CONRAD
IF/OF- HINSKE
IF/OF- MATHER

STARTING ROTATION

1- LOWE
2- HUDSON
3- HANSON
4- JURJENS
5- MINOR

MID-RELIEF PITCHERS

BEACHY
MARTINEZ
O’FLAHERTY
SHERRILL
LINEBRINK

SET-UPS

MOYLAN
VENTERS

CLOSER

KIMBREL

Gary

January 16th, 2011
8:27 am

bravesfann, I read Uggla would remain in his comfortable 5 hole spot. 1- PRADO LF
2- MCLOUTH CF
3- JONES 3B
4- MCCAAN C
5- UGGLA 2B
6- HEYWARD RF
7- GONZALEZ SS
8- FREEMAN 1B
9- PITCHER
If McLouth don’t work out I would think Heyward would be back in the 2 hole. I hope Nate gets his game back on , it would be nice to have his speed in top of the line up

Jerry Blooger

January 16th, 2011
10:21 am

Bracesfannnn I dont mind dropping Heyward in the batting order but you cannot put him behind McCann. he will run by Mac on a single much less a gapper lol

bob

January 16th, 2011
4:29 pm

Welcome to Atlanta men. It is the next wave of young farm hands that will make our next long run.

Smiling Jack

January 16th, 2011
5:45 pm

Contrary to the opinion of the many negative bloggers who write here regularly, the Braves really do have their business together. They know what they are doing and part of that is they have the big picture in mind…posibilities and limitations. We just get to enjoy their product…or complain. I say “GO BRAVES!” We eagerly await spring training and the new season.

braveshoo

January 16th, 2011
6:20 pm

one request: more blogs

David O'Brien

January 16th, 2011
6:43 pm

one request: more blogs — braveshoo

One reply: You’ll get ‘em daily soon enough, multiple blogs every day for about nine months in a row once spring training gets underway. But not before then. It’s still the offseason.

urban redneck

January 16th, 2011
9:13 pm

maybe greg norton can set up a kiosk at the camp. everything in life i needed to learn i learned from greg norton.

Choppinmama

January 16th, 2011
9:48 pm

It really makes me wonder how in the world rookie players from “yesteryear” who were treated like dirt when they arrived in the majors by everyone on the team and in management were able to achieve any level of success. Think Queen: “under pressure.”

Now it seems baseball has come to its senses and is doing everything possible to help the “kids” succeed. This rookie development camp seems like a good way for the Braves to have a better chance of cashing in on their investments down the road.

Choppinmama

January 16th, 2011
9:56 pm

Carroll: An interview suggestion you or DOB may want to consider sometime this season – interview some retired players about how it was for them as rookies coming up to the bigs and how they had to “learn the ropes.” Ask them to compare it to the way rookies are treated nowadays. Oooooh, My Little Pony backpacks are soooo cruel to rookies and all living things!!

Heisenberg

January 17th, 2011
11:46 am

bravesfannnn

January 16th, 2011
4:18 a

4 lefties in a row at the bottom of the lineup? And Gonzo batting 2nd? Do not quit your day job to pursue a MLB manager career.

Mark's for the Braves

January 17th, 2011
1:21 pm

Love the idea of having a Braves prospects camp at Turner Field. Should help develop some of these guys quicker.

It’s still not too late to get us a CF, Frank!

Mark's for the Braves

January 17th, 2011
1:23 pm

By the way, did the Falcons really get blown off the field Saturday night or was that a nightmare I was having?

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Innocent Bystander

January 17th, 2011
2:58 pm

Good to see they’ll be coming to Tech for the Wake Forest game this Wed.

bravesfaninNashville

January 17th, 2011
3:26 pm

I love the Braves Proactive approach to getting some of the players feet wet BEFORE they are needed at the Major League level. I think this will take some of the tendency to be Starstruck when they eventually get a call-up. It’s also nice they are helping set them up to be successful in areas other than on the field. Class organization….

jason

January 17th, 2011
6:44 pm

just saw andruw jones to the yanks. would have been nice to snag him…

Obee

January 18th, 2011
7:16 am

C’mon DOB, time to start manufacturing news out of thin air.

Tyler

January 18th, 2011
12:24 pm

Bought tickets last night for Nationals/BoSox down at Dark Star. Pumped.

Hoping when I’m down there on the 16th that Harper will still be up with the Nationals and Teheran pitching for ATL.

Joe

January 18th, 2011
4:48 pm

This is what you are supposed to do with your top prospects. Entertain them with sports and the community around them. They will build up a brotherhood that will keep them part of the Braves for a very long time, chemistry and team spirit wise.

Matt

January 19th, 2011
8:31 am

potters clay

January 19th, 2011
11:45 am

Is Kyle Rose related to Pete?

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